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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)




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Goodbye, Mr. Chips, based on James Hilton's novel, is a melodrama about a shy British teacher named Mr. Chipping (Robert Donat) who devotes his life to teaching "his boys" after the death of his lovely, energetic American wife Katherine (Greer Garson). Told via flashbacks, the film features an aged Mr. Chipping looking back nostalgically at his long career, taking note of the people who've touched his life over the years. Donat was the recipient of a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the title character, and the film features the debut performance of a young Garson.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: R.C. Sherriff, Eric Maschwitz, Claudine West, James Hilton, Sidney Franklin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
MGM Home Entertainment


Robert Donat
as Charles Chipping
Greer Garson
as Katherine Ellis
John Mills
as Young Colley
Terry Kilburn
as John Colley/Peter Co...
Paul Henreid
as Max Staefel
Lyn Harding
as Dr. Weatherby
Milton Rosmer
as Charteris
Louise Hampton
as Mrs. Wickett
David Tree
as Jackson
Edmund Breon
as Col. Morgan
Jill Furse
as Helen Colley
Guy Middleton
as McCulloch
Nigel Stock
as John Forrester
Scott Sunderland
as Sir John Colley
Simon Lack
as Wainwright
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Critic Reviews for Goodbye, Mr. Chips

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Robert Donat at the peak of his skills... as moving today as it was upon its premiere.

Full Review… | May 24, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Inspirational, touching, classic work with Robert Donat's Oscar winning performance.

February 20, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Robert Donat gives a strong performance as a legendary school teacher in this sentimental tribute, which introduced to American audiences British actress Greer Garson.

Full Review… | July 3, 2005

Audience Reviews for Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Good old Mr. Chips has been teaching at the Brookfield public school for several hundred years, or so the boys say. In "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", we're taken on a journey back through those several hundred years. Actually, Mr. Chips was the latin teacher from 1870 to 1918, with several extra years tacked on for good measure. The film begins in 1933, with the elderly Chippings reminscing about his first day at Brookfield. From there, we go through the next several decades, learning of Chips' life, love, and marriage to Katherine (Greer Garson). Much like for Chips himself, the film shows years as they begin to fly by in a blur, as new boys replace old boys, and new faces look the same as their fathers and grandfathers before them, in particular, little Colley, as played by Terry Kilburn (John Colley, Peter Colley, Peter Colley II, Peter Colley III). Yes, apparently Mr. Chips taught four generations of Colleys. Goodbye, Mr. Chips wants to say something profound about the past, about the futility of war and the precious briefness of life, and sometimes succeeds in doing so quite admirably. But it's Robert Donat's through-the-years portrayal of Mr. Chips that truly makes the film stand out (in fact, Donat won the oscar that year, beating out such other noteables as Gone With The Wind's Clark Gable and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington's Jimmy Stewart). Mr. Chips might have been a rather one-dimensional character without the warmth Donat brought to his performance. While the plot itself is fairly predictable, and certain stretches of time are given short change compared to others, the film still manages to the heart after all these years.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer


Arthur Chipping is certianly one of the greatest heros ever to grace the screen, played by Robert Donat in his Oscar winning perfromance. Goodbye Mr. Chips is an unsung classic, a golden tearjerker, a deeply affecting movie. One of my new favourities.

Jeremy Smith

Super Reviewer

The original Chips continues to be a film classic. The film is ahead of its time in terms of realizing that war has victims on all sides even those who are on the enemy side. A weeper that you can feel good about weeping to.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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